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The New York Mets have been relegated to the role of spoilers, now that they’ve fallen back in the National League playoff races. They’ll try to live up to that title this weekend when they visit Washington, DC for three games with the NL East-leading Nationals.
New York just managed to take the final game of a three-game series in Cincinnati Thursday, beating the Reds 8-4. So the Mets, winners of just four of their last 12 games, are still mired nine games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the battle for the second National League Wild-Card spot, with just six weeks left in the regular season. New York is also just 10-22 since the All-Star break.
Washington, on the other hand, just took two of three games from the Giants out in San Francisco to complete an 8-2 road trip. So the Nats, who are 24-11 since the break, lead the NL East by four games over Atlanta, and they’re two games up on Cincy in the battle for the best record in the National League, and the to...
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I’m not sure where rock bottom is for New York Mets starter Johan Santana, but after becoming the first pitcher in team history to allow six or more runs in five consecutive starts, I’m sure this is close. Last night Johan was rocked by the Nationals and after the game his pitching coach Dan Warthen, when posed with the question of shutting down the former ace for the remainder...
Mets' top prospect Zack Wheeler allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings of work, Thursday night. Wheeler was throwing hard, and had pretty good command. He did not walk any batters, but did get hit hard. So far in Buffalo, Wheeler has been a little shaky. In three games started, he has allowed eight runs, with an ERA of 4.60. I have said all along there may be growing...
The title of this post begs to be asked.
Considering that Frank Francisco’s last two outings were-to put it mildly-disastrous, and the fact that he had to be bailed out by Jon Rauch on both occasions, Terry Collins could be leaning towards making Rauch his new closer.
Ever since he came off the DL, Francisco has not been quite the same. In four games back from the DL, Francisco...
Familia Back On The Horse
Welcome back for another installment of the MMO Mets Minors Beat: The TGIF Edition! I’m your host Petey, and we have a lot to cover from this past week. There were some incredible pitching performances throughout the system, yet again. There were a ton of transactions, if you are into that sort of thing. And a few of the notable performers who are simply...
Earler this week, Terry Collins made the announcement that the Mets are going to be trying out a six-man rotation for the rest of the season.
Starting Sunday will be Jeremy Hefner who will be able to give Johan and Chris Young, both coming off major shoulder surgery a chance to extra rest along with Jon Niese who has never finished a full season. I think that a bet like this, much...
Need For A Lefty In The Big Boy Pen? Why Not Tab The Guy You Already Have?
C.J. Nitkowski is a man among boys these days. The 39-year-old left-hander is throwing the ball extremely well at Buffalo with his version 2.0 side-arm pitching motion. As he becomes more and more comfortable with his new delivery, he feels more and more confident that he will get back to the show, despite...
The Binghamton Mets looked like they were on their way to a win on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium, and then watched that win fade away and turn into a blowout as the Richmond Flying Squirrels scored eight runs in the final two innings to take game one of the series by a score of 10-3.
Mark Cohoon, making his first start since a nine inning complete game gem against the Harrisburg...
Charlotte 6, St. Lucie 5
Jack Leathersich was hit hard in his relief appearance and St. Lucie took the series opening loss, 6-5.
Alonzo Harris – 3 for 5, 3 runs scored, 1 strikeout, 1 stolen base
T.J. Rivera – 2 for 4, 2 strikeouts
Aderlin Rodriguez – 2 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 strikeout
Cory Vaughn – 1 for 4, 2 stolen bases, 2 RBI, 1 run scored
Logan Verrett – 6...
This milestone had never been accomplished by a New York Mets pitcher before, but it did not come with stunned gratitude by a fan base desperately waiting to see it finally occur. Instead, Johan Santana's season offered some cruel symmetry Friday night, when the first Met to throw a no-hitter back on June 1 earned a much more ignominious place in team history. He allowed...
Fred Wilpon is approached at Citi Field, asked about next year’s payroll and says “Ask Sandy.”
Sandy Alderson is approached a couple of days later with the same question and says “I haven’t discussed it with ownership yet.”
Which way does the wind blow? Will the player personnel budget increase or decrease further in 2013? Will moves be made to improve the disappointing...
Tonight’s Pre-Game is being presented by The Daily Stache’s new sponsor…Men’s Warehouse. Well, not really. But our fearless leader sure thinks it should be.
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— Daily Stache (@dailystache) August 16, 2012
I don’t think i’ll go out...
The Mets were in Cincinnati Thursday night trying to prevent yet another sweep, but starter Matt Harvey took the mound as he gave New York the spark they needed.
Harvey had not been great in his last three outings, but he was simply on tonight. He was perfect through the first four innings as newly acquired Mets catcher Kelly Shoppach was making the calls in his Mets debut. Harvey...
New York Mets at Cincinnati Reds
RHP Matt Harvey vs. RHP Homer Bailey
Game Time at 7:10 PM
Ruben Tejada – SS
Mike Baxter – RF
David Wright – 3B
Ike Davis – 1B
Scott Hairston – CF
Justin Turner – 2B
Jason Bay – LF
Kelly Shoppach – C
Matt Harvey – RHP
The Mets and Reds play the final game of the series tonight as the Mets will try to avoid being...
Rookie Matt Harvey drove in one more run than he allowed in the longest outing of his short major league career, and the New York Mets snapped the Cincinnati Reds' five-game winning streak with an 8-4 victory on Thursday night.
Harvey (2-3), who had lost three straight starts after winning in his major league debut, allowed one run and four hits in 7 2-3 innings. He struck out...
As it becomes apparent that the Mets, as currently constituted, will not run away with the NL East this year, Mets’ fans are all anxiously anticipating this offseason’s upcoming deals feeling certain that we’ll find some improvement via the trade market.
Of course, Mets history has given us many more bad trades than good, but let’s look on the positive side, beginning with...